St Hilda Sea Adventures

UK Scotland Highlands Argyll & Bute Oban

  • Parking
  • Beaches
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
These unique small ships are a fabulous self-catering base for exploring Scotland's West Coast and Inner Hebrides – and they run summer cruises too.

Scotland's west coast is a special place to visit wherever you decide to go, But the 3 ships of St Hilda Sea Adventures, moored at Dunstaffnage Marina, three miles north of Oban, mean that you can stay somewhere that's entirely in tune with your location,. There's nothing like being rocked gently to sleep by the waters of the bay or waking up to the sound of water lapping against the hull. You can do wonderful cliff walks, wander along the shore beach-combing and examining the pretty seaside rock pools; you can fish, swim, dive and marvel at the golden and sea eagles, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters and even the occasional minke whale that comes to call. Could there be a better place to spend a holiday exploring Scotland West Coast or Inner Hebrides? Remember too that you can go out on these boats in the summer months, when the St Hilda people also also offer small ship cruising and wildlife holidays all along the West Coast.

Above all these three small ships offer a unique and extremely comfortable place to stay, with electricity, heating and full kitchen and bathrooms facilities, and all bed linen and towels supplied. The marina has washing machines and its own pub and restaurant, and although the boats don't have wifi, TVs or, CD players, this makes them the perfect place to escape the trappings of the modern world and get properly back to nature. You can visit local islands, watch wildlife, sample the local whisky, explore amazing sandy beaches, and ancient castles, fly-fish for trout on the local lochs and play picturesque and challenging golf courses. And there are board games, novels and maps and local guides for cosy times on board when the weather doesn't cooperate.

Their classic vessel, the St Hilda is a 54-ft wooden ketch built for sailing training in the 1970s that has taken part in various Tall Ship races over the years. It has three cabins with space for six people – a double en-suite (with shower, toilet and washbasin), a twin en-suite (with toilet and washbasin) and a twin cabin (with washbasin) situated close to a shared toilet and shower room which., and there's a well-lit, roomy saloon for dining and socialising as well lots of space on the outdoor decks.

 Their second ship, Seahorse II is their largest boat – an ex-Norwegian Ferry, air conditioned and heated throughout, with space for up to eleven guests in two double/twin en-suites (with shower, toilet and wasbashin), two twin semi-ensuites (with toilet and washbasin), two single cabins (with washbasin) and one double/single cabin with a 105 cm wide bed (with washbasin). All cabin linen and towels are supplied. There is a wonderful saloon where you can dine and the spacious aft deck is ideal for alfresco dining, plus plenty of room for your windsurf, kayaks and anything else you need for a great marine adventure.

Finally there's the Gemini Explorer – a historic, converted lifeboat that once roamed the Western Approaches and was involved in the storm of the ill-fated 1979 Fastnet Race. Built in 1974,  it has eight berths in five cabins, with a double en-suite, a twin en-suite and single en-suite plus a further twin cabin and a double cabin with shared bathroom in the aft of the ship. All en-suites and the shared bathroom have a washbasin, toilet and shower and all cabin linen and towels are supplied. There's a convivial deck saloon and an upper viewing deck complete with teak benches  and space to store kayaks and paddleboards.

Accommodation

The St Hilda has accommodation for up to six guests, Seahorse II for up to eleven guests and Gemini Explorer for up to seven guests.

Price

St Hilda £204 per vessel per night, £1428a week;  Seahorse II £396  a night, £2272 a week; Gemini Explorer £300 a night, £2100 a week. This includes electricity, gas (St Hilda), bed linen, shower and hand towels (not beach towels), tea towels, cleaning and washing up materials (dishwasher tablets supplied on Seahorse II and Gemini Explorer). Minimum three nights stay.

Location

Contact Website  07745 550 988  St Hilda Sea Adventures, Dunstaffnage Marina, Dunbeg, Oban Argyll PA37 1PX

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